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Brooklyn's Finest [DVD]


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  • Actors: Richard Gere, Don Cheadle, Ethan Hawke, Wesley Snipes, Vincent D'Onofrio
  • Directors: Antoine Fuqua
  • Writers: Michael C. Martin
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Momentum Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Oct 2010
  • Run Time: 132 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003O69YZO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,922 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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From the makers of Training Day comes Brooklyn’s Finest, a slick urban drama set in the morally ambiguous world of the New York police force. Burned out cop, Eddie (Richard Gere) is just one week away from retirement, whilst drugs officer Sal (Ethan Hawke) is realising there’s no line he won’t cross to provide a better life for his family.

Meanwhile, Clarence “Tango” Butler (Don Cheadle) has been undercover so long that he feels a closer allegiance to infamous drug dealer Caz (Wesley Snipes) than he does to the force. All three cops find themselves hurtling towards the same crime scene on one fatal night in this tense, edge of your seat thriller.

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3.5 out of 5 stars

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By The Truth TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Mar 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Remincent of hit HBO series, The Wire, Brooklyn's finest is a slow burning film that follows the stories of 3 Brooklyn cops' as they struggle with the pressure of the job. Right from the opening scene the film sets the tension and has you wondering what the outcome will be for these 3 officers when it seems that being blue isn't black and white, but shades of grey.

An all star cast puts in a fine performance portraying wildly different characters, each with their own set of problems and outlook on the job and what being a cop means. The simple, menacing strings of the sound track add to the tension as the film slowly evolves and the characters and their stories, or should I say lives, unravel.

Richard Gere plays a burnt out cop, Ethan Hawke the officer turned bad in order to do good, and Don Cheadle completes the ensemble as the undercover cop stuggling with the conflict of what side he's actually on; after years on the street his homies have his back but the department seems to shaft him at every turn.

The characters might sound a little chliched written down like this, but on screen they come across as anything but. They all seem incredibly real, and the film does a great job of portraying how easy it for good men to sometimes make bad decisions but for the right reasons.

For those who are interested, the Blu Ray transfer is excellent and I really found the sound to be of excellent quality too - it was noticably better than most films I've watched, with gun shots making me jump and the bass rumbling my tummy and making my windows rattle. This really helped bring scenes alive - especially when you were 'in the hood' with the gangsters cooking up drugs in crack dens to a hip hop soundtrack.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Uncle Feedle on 18 Nov 2010
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Most people who review this film seem to miss the whole point of it and also overlook much of the detail. I watched it at the cinema and thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. Sure, there are partial similarities to other movies, but then what film can't be compared to another? The slow pace won't appeal to everyone, but I found it rivetting, and the climax is excellent. As most reviewers agree, the acting is superb, though in my opinion it's Ethan Hawke who puts in the best performance, with Don Cheadle and, surprisingly, Richard Gere, very close behind. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ekb on 5 Sep 2011
Format: DVD
With a cast that includes Don Chedle and Richard Gere from the director of Training Day the expectations for this film were pretty high, well sadly this falls short of the brilliant Training Day but is still an enjoyable film. Solid performances from everyone including Wesley Snipes who has hopefully halted the terminal decline in his career. Three interesting stories leading up to how these three officers meet at the same crime should keep you interested till the end. A good watch.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. Smith TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Jun 2011
Format: Blu-ray
I was aware that this had mixed reviews, so I wasn't expecting anything too good, but loving cop films I wanted to give it a go. It's very much a mixture of The Wire, The Departed and Training Day, all of which I liked a lot.

It's set in a real "Project" in Brooklyn and has the same occasionally incomprehensible patois of the streets that made me wish for subtitles. It's the usual drug fayre, so you don't miss much by not understanding it all. One thing that struck me as funny was that the gangsters were total charicatures of what we've seen for so long - wearing enough gold to sink a battleship, funny hats at odd angles, baggy trousers halfway down their butts - it's all there. Maybe they really are like that.

The story follows three cops, each very different but with problems of their own. Ethan Hawke was his usual drug-addled looking self, Don Cheadle just seemed too nice to be a tough guy and Richard Gere looked too soft to have done 22 years on the streets. Despite all that, the stories came together nicely and the ending was nothing if not dramatic and bloody.

It's a film which could have been better, but which was by no means bad or a waste of time. If you like the three films/shows I mentioned at the start, you'll almost certainly like this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Drury on 21 April 2012
Format: Blu-ray
If you want a dark, gritty hard hitting cop movie with plenty of action and violence then look no further, this is a fantastic film from the director of training day, a great story thats well paced out with plenty of everything you expect, the movie has a gritty real edge to it being filmed on location in Brooklyn with a great supporting cast too, this is a quality filmmaking and if your into this genre then be sure not to miss it.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A. Willard on 22 Jan 2011
Format: DVD
`Brooklyn's Finest' is a curious hybrid of the old-fashioned and the modern. At times it feels as if it could've been made by Sidney Lumet, (and probably, I'm sorry to say, made better), back in the `70's or `80's; but at the same time it's obvious the makers have seen `The Wire' and realised that it changed the landscape of the urban police/criminal thriller for ever.

The plot concerns three, seemingly unconnected, policemen, whose lives all reach some kind of climax in the same place on the same night. This doesn't, I'm afraid, come as much of a surprise; it's obvious for virtually the whole film that things are going to end badly and, for the most part, they do

Richard Gere plays the disillusioned beat-cop marking time till his retirement, who gets one last chance at redemption; Ethan Hawke the plain-clothes drug-squad man, suffering financial problems, who sees a desperate way out of his situation; and Don Cheadle who's undercover and finds he's too close to the drug-lord he must bring down. Do these characters sound a teeny-weeny bit familiar?

The supporting performances, particularly from a terrifically nasty Ellen Barkin, are very good, but the leads are, in my opinion, not so impressive. Gere does his best, but there's just something too West Coast about him to truly convince as a Noo Yawk cop; Hawke, for all the stubble and tattoos, reminds me of Michael J Fox in `The Hard Way', an actor pretending to be a cop; and even the normally reliable Cheadle seems flat and disinterested.

It's not a bad film, the action sequences are well-handled and there's plenty of tension, it just feels a little too obvious and a bit dour. In fact the biggest laugh I got from the film was in the closing titles when we're told one of the numerous producers was a certain Basil Iwanyk - I know I should be too old to find that sort of thing amusing, but I'm sorry to say I did.
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